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Four Knights (C49)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Bb4

Number of games in database: 2457
Years covered: 1871 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 34.0%
   Black wins 26.4%
   Draws 39.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Geza Maroczy  36 games
David Janowski  33 games
Jose Raul Capablanca  29 games
Frank Marshall  39 games
Richard Teichmann  24 games
Milan Vidmar  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933
Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1913
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919
Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907
Janowski vs Lasker, 1909
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 page 1 of 99; games 1-25 of 2,457  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Bock vs M Judd  ½-½351871Bock - Judd Exhibition MatchC49 Four Knights
2. Paulsen vs M Fleissig 1-0511873ViennaC49 Four Knights
3. C Schwede vs Metger 1-0401874UnknownC49 Four Knights
4. E Flechsig vs Englisch  ½-½481877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
5. Paulsen vs C T Goering 1-0341877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
6. Zukertort vs Englisch 1-0601877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
7. Zukertort vs Mackenzie 0-1531878ParisC49 Four Knights
8. A Clerc vs Mackenzie 1-0811878ParisC49 Four Knights
9. H Gifford vs Anderssen 1-0471878ParisC49 Four Knights
10. H Gifford vs Mackenzie 0-1481878ParisC49 Four Knights
11. Winawer vs Zukertort 1-0451878ParisC49 Four Knights
12. J Mason vs Mackenzie 0-1511878ParisC49 Four Knights
13. Metger vs J Minckwitz  ½-½401878WSB-12.KongressC49 Four Knights
14. C F Schmid vs C Schwede  1-0241879DresdenC49 Four Knights
15. H C Plunkett vs Zukertort 0-1181879First blindfold simulC49 Four Knights
16. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-1551879Chigorin - Schiffers Third MatchC49 Four Knights
17. A Schwarz vs F Riemann 1-01718791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
18. W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz 7018791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
19. M Bier vs J Minckwitz  0-13618791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
20. Paulsen vs M Bier 1-04518791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
21. A Schwarz vs Englisch 0-14018791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
22. A Schwarz vs A Schottlaender  ½-½2218791st DSB Congress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
23. Paulsen vs A Schwarz 1-0291879Paulsen - SchwarzC49 Four Knights
24. D M Martinez vs Mackenzie 1-0231880PhiladelphiaC49 Four Knights
25. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-13-06  2021: Why is there no kibtizing here?
Dec-13-06  2021: Well, black shouldn't continue to copy-cat white's moves. This opening is a drawish-type opening as you can see: White wins: 30.9%
Black wins: 26.7%
Draw: 42.4%

In other words:
White games won: 271 games
Black game won: 234 games
Draw: 372 games

Dec-14-06  Stevens: 4...Nd4 seems to be an even more drawing line. Following one of the main lines after this move, you get a whopping 98 percent draw rate!

Opening Explorer

Jan-01-07  2021: <Stevens> That's why white has every intention to not play that line!
Mar-05-07  olaf4lena: I had this approach take me OOR. Now I see I should simply bore my opponent to death.
Jul-12-10  aj415: dude how did i even get to this page.. in fact how do you get to this page from the home page i cant find any links??

Opening just goes to the Explorer

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < 2021: Well, black shouldn't continue to copy-cat white's moves. >

No kidding.

Capablanca vs NN, 1918

Feb-18-14  Morphized: Why is there even an ECO code for that opening?

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